Entrance at 11+ (Year 7 – Age 11 in September)
Step 1 – Enquiry
Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also be interested to view our Key Dates for Admissions.
Step 2 – Visit
We recommend you and your daughter coming to visit us prior to making an application. There are opportunities to view the school throughout the year, at either an open event or working lunch.
Step 3 – Application
Following your visit you may make an application using our online application form, or by filling in an application form obtained from the school. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2020 is £100 (this is non refundable) and the closing date for application has now passed. If you are interested in making an application to us, please contact the Admissions team above.
Should you wish to apply for the Music Scholarship or a Music Award, you will need to indicate this on your application form, and complete the separate Music Scholarship form by the deadline of 25 November 2019. This deadline has passed for September 2020 entry.
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You should indicate on the application form whether you are applying for a Bursary, and complete the separate Bursary form, returning it to the John Whitgift Foundation by the deadline of 29 November 2019 (forms received after the deadline date will not be considered). Please note that the deadline for bursary applications for September 2020 entry has passed.
Apply for a Bursary via the John Whitgift Foundation
Step 4 – Assessment
On receipt of your application form, we will be in contact with you to arrange for you and your daughter to come for interview with the Head, Mrs Burton. Your daughter will be asked to bring something to the interview she is proud to talk about. Our Admissions Registrars will contact your daughter’s school for a reference. The entrance tests will be held on Tuesday 7 January 2020. These involve two 1-hour papers in English and Mathematics, as well as an on-line Reasoning test. The Admissions team send all applicants samples of the English and Mathematics papers prior to them sitting our entrance tests so that your daughter will know what to expect. We also provide families with a link to a familiarisation test for the on-line Reasoning test. The Admissions team send full details of the entrance tests to all applicants in early December, following the application deadline. Applicants are given their candidate number on the day of the entrance test day (they are not issued in advance).
Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance
Offers will be posted on Monday 3 February 2020. The offer letters will include details of any scholarship or awards offered. If you have applied for a Bursary, the offer letter will advise you of the outcome, and the John Whitgift Foundation will write to you outlining their provisional contribution towards your daughter’s fees. To accept your daughter’s offer you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 deposit (£200 if a Bursary place has been offered) which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace. The deadline for acceptance is Thursday 5 March 2020.
Step 5 – Admission
During the summer term our Admissions team will send you joining information and will be in contact to invite you and your daughter to our Induction events. There will be an Induction evening for you and your daughter, as well as an Induction morning at the Senior school for your daughter when she will spend the morning in her new classroom, meet her Form Tutor and new classmates.
In addition to the students moving up from our own Year 6, girls join us from a large number of primary schools. Pastoral care is important to us and great emphasis is placed on settling your daughter into her new environment. We will hold a Saturday bonding event in the summer term, which is a further opportunity for girls to meet and socialise with each other.
Prior to the Autumn Term start date of Thursday, 3 September 2020, Year 7 girls come to school in their school uniform for their Admissions Morning. This will be held on Wednesday, 2 September 2020.